A proposed budget for the Department of Homeland Security approved by the House Appropriations Committee includes $75 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan.
The committee approved the proposed budget Wednesday for the next fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1. The Kansas City Business Journal reports the budget will go before the full House for approval in the near future.
President Obama did not include any money for the facility in his 2013 budget, however the committee recommended releasing an additional $90 million which was included for the project in the 2011 and 2012 fiscal year budgets.
According to the Topeka Capital Journal, $50 million of that money would be used for general construction of the facility on Kansas State University’s campus. The other $40 million would pay for construction of a central utility plant.
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility would take the place of the Plum Island facility in New York and would research dangerous animal disease and bioterrorism weapons.
Total construction for the facility is estimated at $1.14 billion.